Hancock Reviews

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November 16, 2011
November 16, 2011
October 18, 2008
The strain of messianism in Will Smith movies is becoming ever more pronounced.
October 18, 2008
It becomes an entirely different film, one not really premised on the bad-superhero comedy idea, and the film is then oddly without a sense of humour, and its vague interest in satire vanishes completely.
October 18, 2008
Train wrecks are intrinsically spectacular, and Will Smith's new movie offers a doozy. Two of them, in fact.
October 18, 2008
July 14, 2008
It's definitely a mish-mash, but really good performances.
July 4, 2008
The dynamic between the sullen Smith and sincere Bateman may be the best thing in the Peter Berg's movie, but it's a tough call because the whole popcorn fest is flat-out fantastic.
July 3, 2008
As popcorn movies go, this is fleet, funny, and even thoughtful: its central question, nicely underplayed by director Peter Berg, is why power and altruism never seem to intersect.
July 2, 2008
The problem is that director Peter Berg, aided and abetted by Smith and Theron and third banana Jason Bateman, seem to have made it literally, not realizing its out-of-whack tonalities and grotesque plot twists were meant to be played for laughs.
July 2, 2008
As soon as the hero becomes another wounded demigod brooding on rooftops, the movie loses its sting.
July 2, 2008
Hancock makes for one unexpectedly satisfying and kinky addition to Hollywood's superhero chronicles.
July 2, 2008
There's a great idea here, but it's buried within a muddled story that lurches between dark comedy and maudlin drama.
July 2, 2008
Since The Pursuit of Happyness, actor-producer Smith has made no secret of his desire to make movies that entertain in that big-studio way but also dig deeper. Hancock is a rousing measure of that intent.
July 2, 2008
As delivered by director Peter Berg, Hancock is never as serious or funny or poignant as it could be. And despite clocking in at a reasonable running time, it has a big sag in the middle that nothing could have fixed.
July 1, 2008
It doesn't take itself as seriously as it should, and undercuts a final act that should have and so could have packed a mighty emotional wallop.
July 1, 2008
Part of the joke lies in seeing a megawatt star embrace his inner grouch with fantastical blunders, and part of the anticipation lies in seeing Hancock become, well, Will Smith.
July 1, 2008
A new movie that makes the previous pandemonium seem downright restrained.
July 1, 2008
Director Peter Berg knows the difference between cartoon violence and the real stuff, and Hancock mixes both to good effect.
July 1, 2008
It's worth it just to see a ready-made Superman-sized superhero in action without all the baggage of decades of retellings and reworkings; even looking at familiar faces working through a familiar genre, it's nice to be surprised for once.
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